Sampanthan condemns Ampara incident

Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan, in a media communiqué on Wednesday, condemned the recent incident in Ampara.

He said any form of violence is not acceptable and urged those who committed these unwarranted acts to create disunity and bring division among the communities, to stay away from such activities and not create ethnic tension among people. Excerpts from the statement:

“I urge the government to take stern action against the perpetrators of the violence in Ampara and to take adequate measures to prevent such incidents from being repeated in future. We have witnessed such incidents in the past and we have experienced the repercussions of such unacceptable behaviour and actions. I urge the police and other officials to enforce law and order impartially.

“I humbly appeal to the religious leaders to ensure that peace and harmony are maintained in these areas and not to allow any extremist elements to take advantage of these incidents.

“I appeal to the people in Ampara and other areas to remain calm and to set an example to others of the importance of unity among communities.”

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